Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Today's the day when everybody's Irish! My maternal grandfather, Daniel Sullivan, was Irish so I have a bit of Irish blood in my veins. 

I received an unexpected St. Patrick's Day card in the mail from tea friend, Teresa, a few days ago. It made my day and put me in the mood for celebrating St. Patrick's Day! Thanks, Teresa!

When I was shopping at an antique mall over the weekend, I found two Irish linen napkins with an embroidered shamrock on the corner.  Of course, they had to come home with me!

I only own one piece of Waterford Crystal - a Biscuit Barrel [cookie jar]. I treasure it. George and William Penrose established Waterford Crystal in 1783, in Waterford City, Ireland. Their crystal pieces are gorgeous.

In honor of St. Patrick's Day I got some of my St. Patrick's dishes out for today's post. Did you know the people of Ireland drink more tea per capita than any other country - five cups a day!  So glad tea is "the cup that cheers but not inebriates."  There'll be lots of tea for me today, but no green beer!  ;-)

I purchased the figurine of St. Patrick  a few years ago when I was hosting "A Tea for Two Irish Sisters" [my mom and my aunt]. This is the first year my mom won't be here to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. She was always so proud of her Irish heritage.

It was fun including my thatched roof cottage teapots in this post.

The teapot below is Carrigaline Pottery made in Ireland.

The Irish area of Detroit is called Corktown.  Detroit's 57th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade was held o
n Sunday, March 15, 2015.  I attended vicariously through the Detroit Free Press newspaper. The photo below shows parade spectators lining Michigan Avenue.

[Detroit Free Press Photos]

Michigan weather warmed up for the parade festivities.

I had to include the photo below because I grew up in Wyandotte, and was in the high school band for a year.  I was happy to see the "Chiefs" participated in this year's St. Patrick's parade.

~ An Irish Blessing ~

Today I'm joining Antiques and Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea


  1. Wishing you a Happy St. Patrick's Day, Phyllis.... hoping you have many cups of tea today! Long distance hugs to you as you remember and honor your mother and her Irish heritage.

  2. Happy St. Patrick's Day to you, my friend! I enjoyed seeing all your pretty pieces, and those napkins were a great find. Wishing you a wonderful day.

  3. Happy St. Patrick's Day Phyllis! A bit of a bittersweet day...but so glad you can celebrate your Irish heritage in your Mom's honor with your lovely shamrock china. How fun to have a local parade! Loved your new Irish napkins! And thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  4. Happy St Patrick's Day, Phyllis! What a lovely collection of shamrock china. Love the thatched roofed teapots too. They are very charming. I don't have anything with shamrocks on it but I do have two lovely Waterford Crystal goblets. I have a wee bit of Irish in me on my maternal grandmother's side. Hubby however is half Irish and very proud of it. The parade sounds like fun. With all the Irish here on the Island, it's a wonder we don't have one. Thank you for sharing with us and joining me for tea today. Enjoy your day.


  5. I love the Irish blessing. I always learn something interesting on your page; " The Irish area of Detroit is called Corktown". That's very cool. I also have Irish ancestry. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Linking over from Sandi's Rose Chintz Cottage. ~Heather

  6. As I type I hear My Wild Irish Rose playing on the DVD so I am all set up to thank you for sharing your darling post and Irish related trivia! It's been a lovely day! Loved the photo of your ? grandparents. Yes you are an Irish girl!

  7. I enjoyed your lovely posting. Your Irish china is elegant.

  8. Happy St. Paddy's Day, Phyllis! Love your shamrock tea set, especially the teacup with the funky handle!

  9. Really pretty Irish tea! I really liked how you worked in those pretty cottage teapots. I have that same creamer :). It sounds like you have some wonderful memories to remind you of happy past St. Paddy's day with your mom.

  10. Darling china. The parade looks like such fun!

  11. Fun to know about the tea for the two Irish sisters ... what a lovely idea! And I love the shamrock napkins and all this lovely china!


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